Houston Police Department
UPDATE: Surveillance Video in Fatal Shooting at 8339 Ponnel Lane

September 12, 2012 - Houston police homicide investigators are asking for the public's assistance in identifying suspects and their vehicle seen in segments of a surveillance video of the fatal shooting of a child at 8339 Ponnel Lane about 3 a.m. on August 19.

The unknown suspects are wanted in the death of Forever Donatto, an 11-month-old girl, of Houston.

The surveillance video can be viewed on the HPD YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehx8NEPaUbk&feature=plcp.  Two unknown males seen running are believed to be the same individuals inside a vehicle driving by the residence as the gunfire happens (at the :33 mark).  Just prior to that, the vehicle with the baby inside pulls into the driveway.  Still photos of the wanted vehicle begin at the :53 mark of the video.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants R. Chandler, M. Jewell and Senior Police Officer K. Carr reported:

The baby and several other persons were inside a vehicle parked in the driveway at the above address when an unknown male suspect in a SUV fired several shots in the vehicle's direction, striking it several times.  One of the bullets penetrated the back seat of the car and struck the baby.  She was transported to Texas Children's Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The suspect(s) was seen driving in a dark colored, full-sized sport utility vehicle with specialty rims.

The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time.

Anyone with information on the suspect(s) and/or the wanted vehicle in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

At 2 p.m. TODAY (Wednesday, Sept. 12), a homicide investigator will be available to answer questions in this case in the Media Briefing Room on the first floor of HPD Headquarters at 1200 Travis.



Update:  JFC/VHS  9-12-12
JFC/VHS   8-20-12
Inc #105338412 


For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.